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Old Names on Old Tools

Most old tools are anonymous–unless you knew the previous owner personally, there’s no way to tell who owned them before you did.  But there are happy exceptions.  Two of my handplanes have a previous owner’s name on them.  And while … Continue reading

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Resolution: To Become More Efficient

This year I want to work more efficiently with my hand tools. That doesn’t necessarily mean I want to work faster, but I do want to make better use of my time at the workbench. I do want to work … Continue reading

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Tool Chest: Framing and Planing

In my previous post, I introduced my plans for a new tool chest.  Now the building has begun. It took me a day and a half to get this far: The outside dimensions are 34″ wide, 20″ tall, and 20″ … Continue reading

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How Many Planes Does a Man Need? Dimensioning a Board with Three Hand Planes

Not long ago, someone noted my growing set of hand planes and asked, “How many planes does a person actually need?”  Without hesitation, I answered “three.” Aside from certain specialty planes and joinery planes, a regular bench plane performs one … Continue reading

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